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BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Newman, Western Australia

BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Newman, Western Australia

Project Summary

End User
BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Mt Whaleback Mine, WA

96 x SCL-TS Area lights


  • Boarding ramp lighting without power.
  • No running costs and lower maintenance costs.
  • Adjustable solar panels allow for optimum charging even when the ramps are moved.
  • Sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Operating Profile
Dusk till dawn


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BHP Billiton Iron Ore is one of the world’s premier suppliers of iron ore, employing 13,000 people across Western Australia. Mining operations are supported by the town of Newman  while Port Hedland houses the company’s port and rail facilities.

The massive Mt Whaleback mine, established in 1968, is the biggest single-pit open-cut iron ore mine in the world being more than five kilometres long and nearly 1.5 kilometres wide.

Mt Whaleback and Eastern Ridge, BHP’s other mine in the region, are supported by a fleet of 60 Caterpillar 793 trucks, each of them capable of carrying 220 tonnes of ore. As part of a program to improve efficiency, BHP are installing 24 boarding ramps from which crew changes are made.

Because the boarding ramps were required to be movable, connection to a power source was difficult, which suggested that solar lighting might be the best solution. The ramps would not always be placed in the same orientation to the sun however, so a standard solar light would not be suitable.

The solution was a modified version of Orion Solar’s SCL area light, supplied with a solar panel which could be adjusted in two directions for optimum orientation to the sun, plus a luminaire which can be angled to place the light exactly where it is required. 

The SCL series light is a fullyintegrated solar LED area light normally used in pedestrian and commercial applications. With a built in Energy Management System, the SCL provides consistent, reliable and easy to install lighting which automatically configures to local solar conditions.

Our Suppliers

We have partnered with Carmanah Technologies to offer our customers solar-powered LED outdoor lighting for roadways, parking lots, parks, and other areas. Carmanah and its subsidiary, Sol Inc., have provided solar LED solutions since 1990, and has installed over 75,000 systems in over 60 countries on six continents.

With solar-powered products on the rise internationally, many customers are dissatisfied with improperly sized and low-quality products. Thanks to experienced engineering and manufacturing, Carmanah’s product quality and specifications are among the best in the industry. What makes Carmanah one of the top companies?

  • Premium, quality-tested components for a long-lasting product
  • Customized systems properly configured to each location, ensuring long-term reliability
  • World-class customer support and warranty
As a preferred partner, we have been technically trained and are highly qualified to deliver on Carmanah’s expertise in solar outdoor lighting. We can offer reduced technical and commercial risk, strong local support, and peace of mind.    

Official Carmanah Illumination Partner 2016